WARSAW — The upcoming holidays can be an exciting time, but for many they are a struggle. Some find it difficult to afford gifts after paying necessary expenses like rent and basic groceries. Others cannot afford even that.
With this in mind, area organizations are offering ways for local families to enjoy the coming holidays.
Combined Community Services
- Combined Community Services is making plans for its annual toy consignment sale and giveaway. Those wishing to help out now can go through and choose gently used toys to consign. Toys not sold are donated to the toy giveaway, along with new toys purchased with funds from the sale. This gives parents a chance to choose new and used gifts for their children who may not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas.
Our Father’s House
- Signups for the Christmas basket and HUGS programs will begin in December. Christmas baskets include a meat and sides for a Christmas dinner. HUGS provides warm items like hats, underwear, gloves and socks for parents to give their kids as gifts. Signup dates will be announced soon.
- The Salvation Army is collecting items for the Choice Pantry. Seniors and families without children can come in Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17-18, and Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21-23, to receive assistance with food and gifts. Examples of items being collected are lap blankets, soap, canned meat and sugarless candy for those who come in Dec. 17-23.
- The Salvation Army is collecting canned hams for families who did not sign up for this year’s Angel Tree program.
- Local military families are also encouraged to contact the Salvation Army to learn more about what is available to them.